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Beautiful Eco-Friendly Farmhouse:Cooking Lessons, Meals, Driver, Car and More !

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Lucca - Agriturismo 'Abbacca-là'

Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms(1 or 2bd flat)+ Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps2-10)

Our small organic farm sits on a hill along Lucca’s beautiful northern countryside in the hamlet of Aquilea, with stunning views over the Valdottavo valley, the high peaks of the Apennines, and the National park in the distance. We produce our own olive oil, bake our own bread, make jams from our own fruit trees, prepare home-made yoghurt and classic Italian sauce from our own tomatoes, and grow a variety of vegetables.

Our solar powered and beautifully restored farmhouse has 3 comfortable, fully furnished apartments that will feel like home the moment you step inside! Each has its own entry on a lovely terrace where you can relax and enjoy outdoor dining, including pizza from a brick oven. At our above ground swimming pool, guests can enjoy sunbathing with an incredible view.

The 2-story apartment sleeps 4+2. The ground floor includes a kitchen/eating area and a sitting room with a sofa bed. On the second floor, there are two bedrooms (one has 2 twin beds, but can easily be transformed into a double bedroom) and a large bathroom with shower and a bathtub. A door next to the living room leads to an adjoining studio apartment that has a dinette kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom and sleeps 2. The two apartments can be combined into a large 3-bedroom and 2-bathroom apartment sleeping 6+2.

We have also an other nice,cosy Studio on the ground floor that is not adjoinable to the others and sleeps 2.

Since our 3 apartments can be rented separately as well as combined, updating is difficult and the calendar is not always correct. So, please send us your enquiry if you are interested in staying at our farmhouse.

It's only possible to post one rate so we have decided to post Studio rates, as we have 2 Studios that have the same rate and so please, ask for the quote of large apartment that usually is a little less than the double rate of one Studio. Further we offer a special rate, a discount on full property rental.

Our love and respect for the environment can be seen in our organic farm with free-range animals, olive groves, a vegetable garden, and fruit trees. We use solar panels for hot water, to help with the wood boiler heating system, and to heat the swimming pool. We chose an above ground, moveable swimming pool because it has less environmental impact. We have two gazebos near the pool with photovoltaic roofs.

Here a car is really necessary. We have a special agreement with a car rental agency and can help you to rent a car with a cheap rate.

Driver service: If you don't feel like driving, the owner or one of her relatives can be your driver and guide: they can pick you up at the train station in Lucca or at the airport in Pisa or Florence, bring you to the farmhouse to get settled, help you to visit undiscovered surroundings and Tuscan beautiful towns.

Cooking lessons and catering : You can learn how to make classic Italian dishes in our large country kitchen and enjoy your meal in our lovely dining room. The owner speaks excellent English and is a talented cook. You can choose the menu with her, deciding what you would like for your delightful cooking lesson. If you do not feel like cooking, you can enjoy being served authentic Tuscan dinners for €25 per head.

Italian language lessons : We can organize Italian language lessons upon request.

Car or driver, cooking lessons or catering, Italian lessons – the choice is yours. Join us for a true Tuscan vacation.

Keywords: Farmhouse :

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible

Donatella Sechi
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
1 December, 2016
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About Donatella Sechi

Mt husband and I in the picture : we are in front of the facade where under the plaster we had found the date in which that part of the farmhouse had been built :1718 !

Donatella Sechi purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Donatella Sechi chose Lucca Area

This had being been our dream, we wanted to move to live in the country, but not too far from Lucca where we were working.

In 1988, a few monthes after the birth of our oldest son, we bought this abandoned property and step by step we renovated the building and we started replacing olive trees. We moved here in 1994 and after a lot of works in 2005 we were ready with the rental units. So finally I could devote myself to this full-time job.

What makes this farmhouse unique

When you arrive you immediately fall in love with the view of the mountains and the peaceful feeling that the view gives you. You can think to be really ina remote area, out and far from stressful life, while in 7 minutes you can reach Ponte a Moriano, trhat is the closest little town, where you can find everything you can need.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family (three adults, one child and two teens) thoroughly enjoyed our week-long stay at Abbacca-la. What a scenic location--everything you imagine Tuscany to be--and Lella, her husband, and their two dogs were so welcoming. The accommodation is not fancy, but more than adequate, and besides, we spent 90% of our time outside, hiking, cycling or exploring our new favorite town, Lucca. If you go, you have to schedule a cooking lesson with Lella, who is a first-class Tuscan chef. It was the highlight of our trip, and my kids are still talking about the gourmet pizzas, tomato/bread salad, and eggplant pasta.
Apr 2010
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Beautiful Eco-Friendly Farmhouse:Cooking Lessons, Meals, Driver, Car and More !
average rating of 4.898148 based on 115 reviews
São Paulo, Brazil

The rel deal in Italy! For travelers that want to taste the Tuscan Italy!

  • 5 of 5

Do you know when you get the feeling you did just the right choice!

That's it!

Lella, her cooking class and her lovely place felt like the best choice in Italy!

I had my parents coming to Lucca for the weekend, and wanted to surprise them with Lella's cooking class.

I knew what was about to come, and even myself, I felt overwhelmed by this experience!

She makes it looks simple, but delightful to try cooking... we get to taste the food in a warm "like friends" lunch and taste local wine...+ enjoy that view!

We were thankful to have being there and do recommend the place to travelers willing to get the real deal in Italy!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loving Lucca

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful setting with very gracious and accommodating hosts.

Our cooking lesson was the best experience of our Italy trip! Lella is very skilled and also a great teacher! It was very hands on, not just a demonstration!

We felt like friends once we left. Hope to come back one day!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eden Prairie, MN USA

A charming farmhouse in the hills

  • 5 of 5

Our family of eight adults (four couples) rented all four rooms for four nights (as part of a longer trip that included Tuscany and a cruise out of Venice). This was a wonderful way to get a more rustic and authentic taste of the beautiful countryside - much more memorable than staying in a hotel. It's a fun adventure driving up the narrow roads with hairpin turns to reach the farm, and the views are gorgeous. The rooms were very comfortable, with plenty of room for the four couples, and everyone loved hanging out with the two gentle, friendly dogs. It is such a peaceful setting, and a great base for exploring the area -- we drove around to Lucca, Bagna di Lucca, Barga, San Gimignano, and arranged for a local tour company to come and pick all eight of us up for a full-day excursion to Cinque Terre (they were willing to come right up to the farmhouse to get us). One of the true highlights of our entire trip was the fantastic meal that Lella cooked and served us outside as the sun set over the hills... we will never forget it! We all wished we had more time to spend there! (Note: There is no air conditioning, but it wasn't a problem for us... the house stayed cool enough at night. And I would not characterize it as a deluxe villa; it is an authentic working farmhouse, which adds to the charm and the experience.) We took the train in from Florence to Lucca (there are two trains per hour), and then rented a car in Lucca. Two of us arrived first, and then Lella and her husband assisted us in transferring the remaining six from the station to the house - it's about a 15-20 minute drive.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we hoped it would be!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four (traveling with two teenagers) stayed in the larger apartment in the farmhouse as part of a three-week tour of Europe. The rooms were large and comfortable and the extra space in the bathroom was a welcome change compared to what we were used to. The views were fantastic and we had wished we had more time to explore and hike around the property. We used this as a home base to explore Lucca, Florence, Pisa, and Cinque Terre. You must have a car to get to this property and the first time I made the drive I will be honest it was a bit daunting because of the hills and switchbacks. By the end of the trip our whole family was laughing at how easy the drive had become and how much we actually enjoyed it. As others have mentioned it was Lella who made this trip and our stay extra special. Literally one we will never forget! She is an amazing host. The cooking lesson was fabulous. The food was so fresh and flavorful. We loved that our teenage kids were able to make pasta from scratch and learn real Italian cooking. It was also fun meeting and cooking with the other family that was staying in the farmhouse. One of the highlights of our trip for sure and I hope one day to get back to Lucca and visit Lella again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, charming Italian farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

The adventure begins as you make your way up the winding road to this wonderful farmhouse. Fortunately, the owners provided an excellent set of instructions. With those instructions and our GPS, we found the home with no problems. Lella was warm and welcoming and made us feel at home immediately. There is a beautiful courtyard beside the home where you can dine or simply sit and relax. We found the accommodations spacious with more than enough room for the four of us adults. The washroom is particularly large with a window that looks out over lush hillsides.

One of the real treats of staying at this farmhouse was getting to participate in one of Lella’s cooking classes. Not only was it a lot of fun and a good educational experience, the opportunity to share in the meal that we had helped to prepare was wonderful. Pasta never tasted so good and the Semifreddo was amazing.

During our stay, we took a ride on the walls of Lucca, spent a day exploring the towns of the Cinque Terre, enjoyed a visit to Siena, and drove the beautiful road (SP13) from Barga to Seravezza – a very scenic ride with little traffic.

Do yourself a favor and visit this beautiful region of Tuscany. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prior Lake, MN

Fantastic visit in the mountains of Tuscany!!!

  • 5 of 5

There were 5 of us visiting, ranging in age from 24 to 74 years old. The accommodations were very clean, comfortable and inviting. The farmhouse is nestled in the mountains with an old Spanish ruins about a 30 minute hike further up the hill. Lella and her husband were wonderful hosts. We took a cooking class with Lella that was outstanding!! One of us was gluten free and one was a vegetarian and she had no problem accommodating us. We made traditional Tuscan dishes using local grown ingredients. The olive oil Lella makes herself from their olive trees. It was the best meal I had in Italy. Lella also made us breakfast in the morning, homemade yogurt, bread and jams, again outstanding. I would highly recommend a visit here, a quiet, beautiful, and thoroughly enjoyable vacation. Thank you Lella

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
24 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Ponte a Moriano
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Car: necessary

You can walk in 30 minutes to the ruins of romanic church that can be seen from our farmhouse. It?s a fantastic spot with a wonderful view of the area and the valley !

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Lucca, Piana di Lucca

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Tax Rate 1.0%

It's only possible to post one rate so we have decided to post Studio rates, as we have 2 Studios that have the same rate and so please, ask for the quote of large apartment that usually is a little less than the double rate of one Studio. Further we offer a special rate, a discount on full property rental.

On the time of booking we ask for a 30% deposit, the balance can be paid cash on arrival or if through credit card a week in advance your arrival.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Lucca in Tuscany

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • One Studio has a very comfortable bathroom for DISABLE PEOPLE. The large unit (2 bd) on the first floor has a very large bathroom with shower and bathtub. Each Studio is on the ground floor and has a bathroom with shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), so in case we can have 4 double beds. Child Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sleeps 2
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
we are very flexible for our guest needs and we like to be helpful so please just ask if you have any question and we'll make our best to let you have your stay a relaxing and unforgettable holiday

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